Soldier Honored: Kristoffer M. Solesbee
Hometown: Citrus Heights, California
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rank: Tech Sergeant
Technical Sergeant Kristoffer Solesbee, 32, of Citrus Heights, California, assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, died May 26, 2011 in the Shorabak district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
A 1996 graduate of Freedom Christian School, Solesbee enlisted in the Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Apprentice and successfully completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in 1999. He then graduated from Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in July 2000. Solesbee deployed three times, twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Solesbee’s awards include the Bronze Star with “V” Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal.